LISTEN TO THE CHOSEN ONES

Feast of Saints Philip and James, ApostlesLectionary: 561

Reading 1 1 COR 15:1-8
I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,

of the Gospel I preached to you,

which you indeed received and in which you also stand.

Through it you are also being saved,

if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,

unless you believed in vain.

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:

that Christ died for our sins

in accordance with the Scriptures;

that he was buried;

that he was raised on the third day

in accordance with the Scriptures;

that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.

After that, he appeared to more

than five hundred brothers and sisters at once,

most of whom are still living,

though some have fallen asleep.

After that he appeared to James,

then to all the Apostles.

Last of all, as to one born abnormally,

he appeared to me.

Responsorial Psalm PS 19:2-3, 4-5
R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.

or:

R. Alleluia.

The heavens declare the glory of God;

and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Day pours out the word to day;

and night to night imparts knowledge.

R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Not a word nor a discourse

whose voice is not heard;

Through all the earth their voice resounds,

and to the ends of the world, their message.

R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Alleluia JN 14:6B, 9C
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord;

Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 14:6-14
Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me.

If you know me, then you will also know my Father.

From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, 

“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time

and you still do not know me, Philip?

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.

The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. 

Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,

or else, believe because of the works themselves.

Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,

and will do greater ones than these,

because I am going to the Father.

And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,

so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
REFLECTION: LISTEN TO THE CHOSEN ONES


 

“He was seen by James; then by all the apostles.” —1 Corinthians 15:7

 

Jesus selected James, Philip, and the other apostles at the start of His public ministry (Mk 3:13ff). Jesus also selected the apostles to see Him after He had risen from the dead (1 Cor 15:5, 7). No one can ever replace the witness of the apostles as “the chosen witnesses of the Lord’s Resurrection” (Catechism, 860).
Jesus told His apostles: “He who hears you, hears Me. He who rejects you, rejects Me” (Lk 10:16). Thus, we must pay close attention to the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42), which continues in the Catholic Church through the Pope and bishops (Catechism, 863). If we refuse to listen to the Church, we risk rejecting Jesus Himself. Jesus doesn’t like it when someone refuses to listen to His witnesses (see Mk 16:11, 14).
For example, some couples refuse to listen to the Church about refraining from the use of artificial birth control. They decide to form their own opinion on the subject. They expect Jesus to tell them Himself if it is against His will. Now Jesus does reveal His truth to individuals some of the time. However, Jesus has already spoken through His witnesses, the pope and the magisterium of the Church, about many matters of faith. To refuse to listen to the Church is to refuse to listen to Jesus (Lk 10:16) and to risk damnation (see Jn 5:25, 28-29).
Repent of refusing to listen to Jesus through His apostolic Church! Listen to Jesus; don’t risk rejecting Him.
 

Prayer: Father, help me never to think I know more than the Pope and the Bishops.

Promise: “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” —Jn 14:6

Praise: Sts. Philip and James repented of abandoning Jesus during His Passion and became great witnesses.

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